Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-string Quarterback
George Plimpton


In the mid-1960s, George Plimpton talked his way into the Detroit Lions’ pre-season training camp and in doing so set the bar for participatory sports journalism. With his characteristic wit, Plimpton recounts his experience of a month practising and living with the team – getting to know the pressures and tensions rookies confront, the hijinks, taking behind the scenes snaps and capturing a host of American football rites and rituals. Plimpton might not have made it as a quarterback, but fifty years after its first publication, Paper Lion remains one of the most insightful and entertaining classics of sports literature.

Paperback, 400pp
Yellow Jersey Press, 2016 (1966)
ISBN 9780224100229